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Nutrition Information: Fried Bee Hoon

Posted on | April 8, 2010 | No Comments

Fried Bee Hoon is a popular Singaporean meal often taken for Breakfast and is simple enough to be cooked at home and also found in local food courts.  ‘Bee Hoon’ is the name given to rice vermicelli or thin noodles made from rice.

This meal consists of the bee hoon as the base and then a mixture of vegetables, meat and/or seafood. It’s basically a bit like Fried Rice in the sense that it can accommodate many ingredients that happen to be around your kitchen.

When preparing this at home the amount of oil it’s stir-fried together with can be controlled – however when purchased at a food court it’s often soaked and dripping in oil which of course isn’t good for your health, heart and waistline.  For such a small portion of food it’s loaded with calories and is extremely carbohydrate dominant.

beehoonPortion: 355g

Energy: 679 calories

Protein:  11g

Carbs:  61 g

Fat: 18 g

Sodium:  1356 mg

How it’s prepared: Cabbages are first cut into strips say around 2-3cm, any meat is pre-cooked first and the Bee Hoon is soaked in boiling water until soft, then drained before all ingredients are brought to the wok for stir frying. During the stir frying, soya sauce is added to give the Bee Hoon its flavour. The ingredients are added in during the stir fry process.

How to eat it? This Singaporeans like to eat it hot and add lime juice to it.  The best way to eat it is to have some Bee Hoon placed in your spoon first, put the other ingredients on top like like cabbage, prawn, egg, bean sprouts and then send the whole scoop into your mouth.   Another variation for those that like Bee hoon is the Satay version – where a satay sauce is smothered on top.

How to make it healthier? At a food court: Try to ask for less oil, only eat half portion or share with a friend.   If you are making it at home use less Bee Hoon and increase the amount of vegetables and lean meat, use as little oil as possible.

Fried Bee Hoon Ingredients

  • 1 packet Bee Hoon
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • cabbage (shredded into bite size)
  • a few stalks of kai lan (separate leaves & stalks)
  • bean sprouts
  • some prawns (peel & devein) – other meat possible such as chicken
  • slices of fresh red chili (optional)
  • oil
  • salt
  • light soya sauce
  • water

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